Fedora 14 Linux review……December 26, 2010
Hi there again…I’m back with my latest review of Fedora 14 from Red Hat. Fedora 14 is one of the best linux distro distribution out there in the market. Fedora 14 is built based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux. I just download the Fedora 14 iso image from fedora web site. It’s actually a Live CD distro , and if you want to install it in hard drive , you can install it later. The iso image size is 690MB. You can download it here:-
As for me, I prefer use virtualization and run it in my VM (VMware). I used VMware Player and add the iso in the create a new virtualize machine. From there , I name my VM as Fedora Linux and run it in VMware Player. The boot process is awesome , and it boots directly as it a Live CD. No need for installation. Then you will be greet with a GNOME desktop interface. I must say that after browsing through the menu , Fedora 14 menu is likely the same as Ubuntu 10.04 menu. The documentation for Fedora 14 is included in the menu. The network manager is awesome..it’s automatically detect my wireless network via a wired connection. I quickly launch Firefox and try to browse the web , and here there goes …a live internet connection!..No need for manually setting my network.
With the release of Ubuntu 10.10 recently, it’s been Ubuntu overload recently in Linux land. Thankfully, another heavy weight distro has weighed in with an update: Fedora 14.
Fedora 14 has wisely decided to stick with GNOME, unlike the next version of Ubuntu (which promises to use the Unity interface on the desktop). Fedora 14 is also available in KDE, LXDE and XFCE versions. For this review, I used the GNOME version.
What’s New In This Release
Here’s a sample of the new feature in this release:
Spice – Spice aims to provide a complete open source solution for interaction with virtualized desktops and provides high-quality remote access to QEMU virtual machines.
Mobility options – This release includes software from the MeeGo™ project which is designed to support platforms such as netbooks, nettops, and various embedded devices.
Amazon EC2 – For the first time since Fedora 8, Fedora will release on the EC2 cloud.
D Compiler – Support for D, a systems programming language. Its focus is on combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python.
Some other features include:
Updating Perl to version 5.12, Python to version 2.7, Boost to version 1.44, Netbeans to version 6.9, KDE to version 4.5, Eclipse to the Helios Release, and Sugar to version 0.90.
As you can tell, there’s not much of significance here for desktop users. Most of these new features probably appeal to administrators or developers more than your average desktop user.
Picture below: Fedora 14 Login screen:-
Fedora 14 is a good, solid distro but it lags behind some other distros when it comes to the desktop. It comes across as something a bit more suited to programmers or other advanced users. That’s not to say that it couldn’t be used for a desktop OS by most users, but there’s less desktop polish and ease here than in some other distros. The software stuff I mentioned above is a good example of that.
I’d really like to see the Fedora developers concentrate on tweaking the install program and the software management in a future release. Fedora 14 gives me the feeling that it’s almost…but not quite…ready for general desktop users. The developers just need to press onward and make some additions and changes that will move this distro into the top heap of desktop distros. It’s almost there but a bit more remains to be done.
Despite that, I am a fan of Fedora 14. It’s certainly worth a download if you are curious about it.
I recommend Fedora 14 for intermediate and advanced Linux users. Beginners can certainly install it, but it’s just a tad bit less desktop-friendly for them than Linux Mint, generic Ubuntu and some of the other desktop distros out there. Above all , Fedora 14 rocks !…